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Editor's Note
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 12:00 am
Having failed to win legislative approval for term limits, Gov. Bruce Rauner is running his own housecleaning operation. He’s appointed all three of Sangamon County’s veteran House members to staf
Editor's Note
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 12:00 am
 Illinoisans are still getting to know Gov. Bruce Rauner, who seems like a friendly and compassionate man when he’s not cutting children out of day care or closing museums to the public. So it
Editor's Note
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 12:00 am
This was the week that the ice began melting at the Statehouse. Child care cuts were largely restored. Cuts to home care for seniors were reversed. Unemployment compensation reform may be on the way.
Editor's Note
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 12:00 am
 When Donald Trump makes a stop in Springfield next week, he and the national media will get a glimpse of a government run by a wealthy businessman with no political experience. The state is at a
Editor's Note
Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 12:00 am
In a day when politicians and officeholders are often scorned, it was good to see the outpouring of honor and respect for Ossie Langfelder, the former mayor, at his funeral. Now political experience i
Guest Opinion
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 12:00 am
 It was good of Jim Edgar, the former governor, to say clearly that Gov. Bruce Rauner needs to stop holding the budget hostage to his demands, because damage is being done to the state. “We nee
Editor's Note
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 12:00 am
 In 1986 there were already structural problems with the big new Helmut Jahn-designed state office building in Chicago, opened just a year before. That’s when Adlai Stevenson III, the Democrati
Editor's Note
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 12:00 am
 Sometimes friends get into financial or legal trouble but they’re still friends, and those troubles don’t wipe out the good that they’ve done. We and hundreds of others are sad to see Gold
Editor's Note
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 12:00 am
It is a relief that Gov. Bruce Rauner has, at least for now, backed off from his bad decision to lay off the staff of the Illinois State Museum, but it’s crazy that he hasn’t backed off his bad de
Editor's Note
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 12:00 am
 Three Springfield-area legislators told their audience at the Better Government Association “Idea Forum” at the Sangamo Club Tuesday they are as frustrated as anyone over the budget impasse.


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